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FBI Agents Were Justified in Fatal Shooting of Suspect in New York


Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI agents were justified in fatally opening fire on a shooting suspect in Herkimer, New York, the Herkimer County district attorney has ruled, according to the Associated Press.

Agents gunned down Kurt Myers, 64, in March 2013 after he was accused of fatally shooting four people.

Myers was barricaded inside an abandoned building after the shootings and fatally shot a K-9 unit when authorities came looking for him. Four agents fired back, striking Myers multiple times.

The agents did nothing wrong, said Herkimer County District Attorney Jeffrey Carpenter.

FBI Urges Judge to Dismiss Lawsuit by Insane Clown Posse, Saying They Have No Right to Sue

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is urging a judge to dismiss a lawsuit by the rap duo Insane Clown Posse, claiming the have no right to sue the bureau over its decision to classify fans of the musicians as members of a “loosely organized hybrid gang,” the Guardian reports.

Lawyers for the federal government claim the bureau should not be held responsible for how local law enforcement used the FBI’s report on gangs, which included an assessment of the fans known as “Juggalos.”

The band is represented by the American Civil Liberties Union.

“The Juggalos are fighting for the basic American right to freely express who they are, to gather and share their appreciation of music, and to discuss issues that are important to them without fear of being unfairly targeted and harassed by police,” Michael Steinberg of the Michigan ACLU said when the case was brought. “Branding hundreds of thousands of music fans as gang members based on the acts of a few individuals defies logic and violates our most cherished of constitutional rights.”

The FBI argued that the FBI only labeled a “subset” of the fans a members of a criminal gang.

Homeland Security Chief Defends Handling of Growing Crisis Involving Central American Children

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Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is defending the agency’s handling of tens of thousands of unaccompanied immigrants from Central America who were photographed in squalid, overcrowded conditions.

The McClatchy Washington Bureau reports that Johnson also rejected Republican demands for the National Guard to respond to the crisis.

Johnson unveiled a plan to handle the influx, saying the agency will work to dismantle smuggling operations and get out word to Central American parents not to send their children to the U.S.

“I believe we will stem this tide,” Johnson testified before the House Homeland Security Commission.

Since October, more than 85,000 children have entered the country without an adult.

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TSA Agent Arrested on Felony Charges of Manufacturing, Selling Drugs in South Florida

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A TSA agent in South Florida has been arrested on felony charges of manufacturing and selling drugs from her home, South Florida 6 reports.

During a search of Latwana Daniels’ home, authorities said they found 111 grams of cocaine and 39 grams of marijuana. They also found scales and materials to make crack cocaine near her TSA uniforms, investigators said.

Also recovered was a loaded Beretta PX4 handgun, which investigators said wasn’t secured from her four children.

Neighbor Ismael Morales expressed shock.

“I come and see a lot of cops there,” Morales said. “Over here we never see something like that.”

FBI Sting Rescues 168 Children, Nets 281 Arrests Involving Sex Trafficking

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A weeklong child-prostitution sting netted 281 arrests and the rescue of 168 children nationwide, Time reports.

Dubbed “Operation Cross Country VIII,” the string is part of a larger effort that has so far rescued about 3,600 children and led to the convictions of 1,450 people.

“Operation Cross Country reveals that children are being targeted and sold for sex in America every day,” said John Ryan, the CEO and president of NCMEC, in a statement.

The FBI originally targeted casinos, truck stops and websites advertising dating services, using that information to expand the string.

“Child sex traffickers create a living nightmare for their adolescent victims,” Leslie Caldwell, assistant attorney general for the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice, said in a statement. “They use fear and force and treat children as commodities of sex to be sold again and again. This operation puts traffickers behind bars and rescues kids from their nightmare so they can start reclaiming their childhood.”

 

FBI: Puerto Rico Man Arrested for Aiming Laser Pointer at Police Helicopter

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

As part of the FBI’s crackdown on people pointing lasers at aircraft, authorities arrested a Puerto Rican man Monday, the Associated Press reports.

The FBI arrested Christopher Jusino Rodriguez in the southern city of Ponce after he allegedly aimed the laser at a police helicopter during a security operation.

The green light was spotting coming from an apartment balcony, helping police locate Jusino.

The FBI said the suspect was using a handheld pointer known as a laser pen.

If convicted, Jusino faces up to five years in prison.

U.S. Releases Justice Department Documents Justifying Killing of U.S. Citizen in Yemen

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The U.S. did not violate the constitution or other laws by killing American citizen Anwar Awlaki in Yemen without due process of law, the Justice Department argues in a previously secret memoir release by a federal court Monday, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The memo was written in 2010, a year before a U.S. drone strike killed Awlaki.

The documents were released after the ACLU and New York Times sued.

The memo is unusual because it advocates killing of an American citizen without the opportunity of due process. It was written by former Obama Justice Department official David Barron

“In the present circumstances, as we understand the facts, the U.S. citizen in question has gone overseas and become part of the forces of an enemy with which the United States is engaged in an armed conflict; that person is engaged in continual planning and direction of attacks upon U.S. persons from one of the enemy’s overseas bases of operations; the U.S. government does not know precisely when such attacks will occur; and a capture operation would be infeasible,” Barron wrote.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry Foresees ‘Humanitarian Catastrophe’ Over Surge in Children Immigrants

Tex. Gov. Rick Perry/official photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Texas Gov. Rick Perry said the dramatic spike in the number of immigrants being arrested has created an “untenable situation” at a Border Patrol facility in southern Texas, the Associated Press reports.

Perry visited the facility following reports of overcrowding and squalid conditions at a Border Patrol facility housing primarily children immigrants.

“This is an absolute humanitarian catastrophe waiting to happen,” Perry said Monday at a Department of Public Safety regional headquarters in South Texas.

Since October, more than 85,000 children have entered the country without an adult.

The surge has left the Border Patrol overwhelmed.

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